Activity at Volcán de Fuego, Guatemala 16 December 2007Posted by admin in activity reports, eruptions, Fuego, Guatemala.
Fuego volcano in Guatemala is one of the most active volcanoes in central America, with frequent and vigorous eruptions recorded since the sixteenth century. Its current phase of activity began with a central vent eruption, producing pyroclastic flows and lahars, in January 2002, and the volcano has exhibited constant low-level activity ever since. On 9 August 2007 an explosive eruption took place producing lava and ash falls and leading to a small-scale evacuation.
On 12 December 2007 the Guatemalan Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrologia (INSIVUMEH) reported a series of explosive eruptions, two or three per hour, producing an ash column 10-15 kilometres in height. A posting on the Volcano listserv on 15 December 2007 reports that Fuego began producing a significant plume of ash and steam at approximately 05:30am local time (11:30 GMT) and was still doing so, uninterrupted, at 07:00 local time (13:00 GMT), and that a considerable flow of ash (and possibly lava) has occurred on the eastern slopes, which are visible from the nearby city of Antiqua, and that more significant flows may be present on the western slopes which are not visible from the city. Other reports have said that lava was visible on the eastern slopes, and being expelled from the vent at the peak, on the evening of 14 December 2007.